From the Balkans to the great plain of Central Europe, you may find these traditional Christmas cookies in the shape of a crescent moon. Easy to make, these cookies become even yummier after 2 to 3 days--but only for those who can resist long enough! Bake them along with your children and let them dip half into softened Nutella® hazelnut spread!


Recipe Summary

25 mins
15 mins
1 hr
1 hr 40 mins
16 cookies


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Split the vanilla bean lengthwise with a knife; scrape out seeds or use 2 teaspoons vanilla extract if desired.

  • In a large bowl, combine butter, sugar and vanilla seeds/extract; stir in flour and almond flour until dough comes together. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Take small amount of dough and roll into crescent shape; place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

  • Repeat with remaining dough to make 16 cookies.

  • Bake on center rack for about 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven; let cool completely on baking sheet.

  • Meanwhile, scoop Nutella® hazelnut spread into a small bowl set over small pan of boiling water; let stand for about 5 minutes or until softened. Dip half of each cookie into Nutella® hazelnut spread; let stand for about 20 minutes or until cool.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute 2 teaspoons vanilla extract for the vanilla bean.

Nutrition Facts

177 calories; protein 2.1g; carbohydrates 18.1g; fat 10.8g; cholesterol 15.3mg; sodium 46.1mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
This is a simple elegant delicious cookie recipe. Unfortunately it s not a gifting or traveling cookie because Nutella never hardens so you have to lay them out flat or the chocolate will get on the other cookies. I m going to make these again and add hazelnut extract and melting chips to Nutella to see if it will harden the chocolate. Otherwise it s a make and serve cookie not one I can batch bake for the gift giving. Read More